Special “Charisma Corner” Segment: Bob Eager’s Interview with Shadow Fox
How did you come up with the name Shadow Fox. Does it have any hidden meaning?
“When I started training, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to call myself. I was extremely lost in that regard and I looked to my trainers for guidance. My first two trainers, Prophet and Vince Vega, are both luchadors. So when I turned to them for advice, it was only natural that I would become one as well. Vega had always envisioned training a fast, quick, and agile luchador and he felt I fit that mold. His vision had the name of StarFox, like the video game. So when I had my first 2 matches, I debuted as StarFox for Rockstar Wrestling Alliance in Tucson,AZ. However, I wasn’t quite fond on that name. I wanted to be my own person, my own image, and my own name. I didn’t want the video game comparision. So after some thought, I wanted something a little more mysterious. I thought about Night Fox for a long time, but I finally settled on Shadow Fox, as Shadow has mixture of being light or dark, basically symbolizing good and evil.”
What made you decide to be a wrestler. Did you have a well adjusted childhood or a frustrating troubled one?
“My childhood is very much like alot of other wrestler’s stories honestly. As a child, I had school, friends, and wrestling. Wrestling was and for the most part, still is my life. I studied and watched hours upon hours of wrestling. Whether it was for enjoyment, curiousity, or to study and see what I could figure out. I never did any of this because I was missing something as a kid, I’m blessed to have loving family who has always supported me. For some reason, watching Hulk Hogan and others on TV at an early age made such an impact on me and my life that its all I thought about. I’ve known I wanted to be a wrestler probably from the age of 5-6 years old.”
People ask what is it like to breathe through a mask and wrestle, any comment?
“To say it’s difficult is an understatement. I actually trained in a mask just to learn how to control my breathing, pacing, and help my vision. I dont recommend any greenhorn putting on a mask, and getting into the ring without doing the same thing. Luckily, I’ve done it enough now that I can control my breathing without even thinking about it. But learning how to do it is quite a challenging experience.”
And what did you think of Rey Mysterio when he took off the mask?
“I was quite young when Rey Mysterio took it off, so at the time, I didn’t quite understand the magnitude of what that meant. Now I understand that a luchador’s mask is everything. It’s their life, their livelihood, and in all actuallity their career. At the time, I was shocked and curious to see his face like any other fan of wrestling. Now looking back on it, if Rey wasn’t Rey Mysterio, his career may have never recovered. Alot of luchadors careers never recover or just arn’t the same once a mask is lost. However, Rey is such a great talent that it had no affect on his career in my opinion. When you think of top Rey Mysterio moments, you think of his match with Eddie Guerrero at Halloween Havoc, or his hisk risk manuevers, or even him jumping off the cage on SmackDown. There are tons more things that come to mind, and him losing his mask is at the bottom on of the list. Personally, now I wish it didn’t happen and probably he does as well cuz I’m sure it’s not a high point in his career, but at the specific time it was shocking to the world of pro wrestling.”
How did the team of Los Fox Stars come about with your tag team partner Lucha Star?
“I started wrestling for an independent company, EXW, and the only luchadors on the roster was Prophet and Lucha Star. Finally I joined in on the fun, and it was only logical that Prophet and I would team being student and trainer. So that put my different rival, competitor, etc as Lucha Star. We wrestled once and had a decent match. I was really green at the time and I’m very proud of that match at the time and for wht my experience level was. Fast fwd a little bit, EXW brought in former WWe Superstar Big Vito to help with booking etc. Vito saw us and immediately wanted us to wrestle each other. So we did, we open that night at Celebrity Theatre and I can honestly say we had a killer match. It wasn’t a 25 mintute classic or anything, but for the time limit we had, we had the perfect match to start the show. We both were commended in the lockeroom and we knew we did something right. The next week, vito informed us we would be teaming for now on and wanted us to work on getting match gear etc. He saw our match and felt our styles were so similar, it was like we were wrestling ourselves. So overtime, we teamed up everywhere after that and Los Foxstars was formed and are now one of the top tag team in Arizona.”
You have been known to have a legendary in ring respectable competition with Paul London. What do you think of his wrestling ability?
“Being able to have that opportunity to wrestle Paul London was a tremendous experience for some many reasons. Paul is such a phenominal talent and has a resume that many can only dream of. From WWE, to TNA, ROH and Japan etc is absolutely impressive and no one can take that away from him. Paul is one of those guys that he has been in the ring with some of the absolute best in the world and earned their respect. There is no denying the talent and ability he has shown the world over the years. when I had my opportunity to step in the ring with him at Xtreme Cruces Wrestling, I knew my very best was the only option because of his ability and the level of respect I have for him.”
When you are facing bigger opponents do you have a certain strategy? Or is it more trial and error when you step into the ring?
“Honestly is varies from opponent to opponent. If its someone I’ve had the opportunity to wrestle before, than I’ll try and remember what worked previously and maybe throw a few different curveballs at them. On the flip side, if its someone I’ve never wrestled before, I try to do my research on them, maybe some film study to understand what they are all about. If none of that is an option, than most definitely it’s a trial and error type of thing. Sometimes it works out great, sometimes I wind up flat on my back looking up at the lights. Regardless, the trick is not to get hit and just keep moving.”
Where do you see the high flying luchadore style in 5 years? Do you think it will be more prevalent and in heavy demand?
“Personally, I think that a change is coming and actually already in the works. I believe a hybrid style actually will be the norm. A mixture of the lucha and American style. Honestly more Rey Mysterio’s and more wrestlers of that nature. The ability to bring high flying action, but yet only do it when necessary and ability to wrestle anyone at any given type and have all types of things in your arsenal. I’ve considered myself a hybrid wrestler from day one and will always continue to do so.”